4 Ways To Dye Threads For Cardmaking

Hi! Todays video is all about how to dye variegated threads for cardmaking using craft materials that you might have in your craft room. A big disclaimer though, do not use these techniques if you are going to use it on fabric, non of these threads are waterproof and some of them will shed pigments and that will ruin your fabric. However they work splendidly with stitching on paper/cardstock.

I’ve used four different mediums to dye the threads, the first is Distress Stains, however you can use Distress Ink pads or refills instead if you only have them. I used Aged Mahogany and Spun Sugar, but again you can use any colors you want, I went a little monochromatic as then I knew that blending them would not create mud.

The second medium I used was Spray Inks, these come in so many different colors and brands. I’ve used ColorBox Spritzers in the color Pinkolicious and Dylusions Ink Spray in the color Crushed Grape. These are super pigmented and I needed to use water to make them move in the threads. If you have mica based sprays they make your threads shine and glitter.

The third medium is my beloved copic markers, I used RV21, RV23 and RV19. When I felt I was finished I used some Isopropanol to spread the pigment more even over the thread. If you want to add more color after I would use Blending Solution instead of Isopropanol. This way made the threads a little bit stiffer than the other methods.

The forth and last medium was Zig Real Brush Pens and Tombow Markers. These are a little more like working with watercolors, which by the way would work great too! I found that the markers where a lot dryer and that I needed to spray my thread with some water first to make the color move a little more.

Thank you so much for coming here, I hope you enjoyed these techniques, if you try them please share them with me on instagram tagging me @craftybitcreations. And use the hashtag #4waystodyethreadsforcardmaking


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